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Old 11-25-2009, 04:30 PM   #1 
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Not eating...

My new betta, whos called Pepper, still isn't eating! I got him about a week and a half ago, everyday I try to feed him, but nothing! On the second day I had him, he went straight for the pellets, chewed and spit out. The next day, the same. The day after that however, he looked at it and swam away. Now he won't even try to eat it, and when he does try to eat it, he just spits it out! I've tried pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and betta flakes. He won't swallow any of them.

He's in a 1 gallon crittertrail, with the temp. being about 70. I know it is way to cold, but theres nothing I can do. Right now he's swimming around... Eventually he will be moved to a divided 10 gallon in the future. What can I do to have him eat something?
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:38 PM   #2 
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I hope he's ok.. I've also tried soaking the pellets...
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:09 PM   #3 
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Sounds like he needs to warm up. Is there any way you can get a lamp over the container until you can get him in a bigger home?

And a hint on the freeze dried bloodworms, soak them for about 15 mins in a little of the tank water before you try feeding them.

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Old 11-25-2009, 05:16 PM   #4 
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Well, what I do is everyday I add some warmer water to keep the temp. around 73 degrees.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:17 PM   #5 
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I don't have a good lamp either...
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:26 PM   #6 
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Sometimes bettas just won't eat for a bit after they're bought. I have a couple of bettas that went two whole weeks without eating.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:46 PM   #7 
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Sometimes bettas just won't eat for a bit after they're bought. I have a couple of bettas that went two whole weeks without eating.
That's true too. I just haven't had one that took that long to get interested in food. They were never in water that was colder than 80F tho. so I wouldn't have any point of reference to cold water and no interest in food.

Hope it works out for the lil guy.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:19 AM   #8 
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I had a betta that would not eat for about a month after I got him. Eventually, he started eating. Just make sure you take what ever he doesn't eat out of the tank.
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:42 PM   #9 
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You could try some frozen food if you access, brine shrimp or something.
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